Infant and Toddler Development


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Infant and Toddler Development program prepares students with foundational knowledge on the development of infant and toddler aged children. Students will learn about child health, physical milestones, cognitive development as well as disabilities and developmental delays specific to this age group. Topics include communication and language acquisition, and adult/child relationship building. Also covered is social-emotional development, societal stresses, and supportive professional roles and responsibilities. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education is available.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Infant and Toddler Development (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the physical development of infant and toddler aged children and corresponding nutritional and fitness needs.
  2. Examine appropriate health and safety standards, practices, and documentation in infant and toddler settings.
  3. Contrast the major research and theories within the field of child development.
  4. Summarize the cognitive and psychosocial development of the infant and toddler aged children.
  5. Describe attachment and relationship development between adults and infant and toddler aged children and its impact on child development.
  6. Summarize language development and communication skills of infant and toddler aged children.
  7. Apply early childhood education skills in the infant and toddler setting.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education


There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Teaching Assistants, All Other
  • Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education
  • Teaching Assistants, Special Education
* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ITD200 The Physical Child: Birth to Age Three 3
ITD210 Early Attachments, Relationships, and Families: Birth to Age Three 3
ITD220 Cognition and Communication: Birth to Age Three 3

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.